Public Relations

4 Tips to Get Ahead in the Workplace

By Lexi March | On November 13, 2015

In a recent PRSSA event titled, “Managing Up: How to Be a Stand-Out Intern, or New Pro,” a panel of PR professionals shared key tips with aspiring PR professionals on how to get ahead as an entry-level employee.

Between the four panelists, their workplace experiences of managing full teams and client loads have provided the following insights for young PR stars entering the workforce:

  1. ANTICPATE

Nothing is more encouraging to a supervisor than seeing a junior employee take initiative and anticipate challenges, such as when the employee completes or is already underway on a task before he or she is even asked. Learn to anticipate what tasks your superiors may need done and show them you’re willing to take on a challenge!

  1. ASK QUESTIONS

If you’re not certain about the details of an assignment, ask questions to the person who gave you the assignment. Get a clear picture of the task at hand before you dive into it to help you avoid mistakes and remember, there are no stupid questions. You’re starting your career, so asking questions is vital to your growth as a professional.

  1. KNOW WHAT IS EXPECTED OF YOU

­As an entry-level employee, it is important to understand your role on a project, on the account team, and within your company as a whole. It is also vital to your career trajectory to know what your supervisors are looking to see you accomplish in your work. Have a conversation with your supervisor or team lead so you know where you stand and what standards you are expected to maintain in work quality.

  1. COMMUNICATE

Communication is particularly important in a highly deadline-driven field like PR. Communicate your schedule to your colleagues and superiors, and make sure that you are able to meet the deadlines assigned to you. Taking on a workload you’re not able to meet hurts the whole team, and being conscious of your schedule (and your supervisor’s schedule) will help you manage expectations and impress your colleagues with your organizational acumen.

By following these best practices and approaching work with an open and determined mentality, young PR professionals can look forward to a promising communications career.

Lexi March

Alexis March is an Assistant Account Executive at Affect. In this role, she is working with clients to secure media placements, develop press releases and other content, as well as conduct daily media monitoring and reporting. Prior to joining Affect, Alexis was an Account Coordinator at Paige Group, where she worked with clients in a variety of sectors including technology, B2B, and public information and engagement. Alexis was responsible for media monitoring and reporting, media content development and coordinating event logistics. She also spearheaded the use of media monitoring services at the agency to increase the accuracy of media data and analysis for her clients. Alexis earned her B.S. in Public Relations from Utica College.